Conquer Resting B!tc# Mind to Be More Prolific

Kathryn HaydonGrow Your Creativity

Conquer Resting B!tc# Mind to Be More Prolific

By Kathryn P. Haydon

Grow Your Creativity

Are you familiar with the term “resting b!tc# face”? I first learned about it from a friend who claims to possess this trait. It means that the relaxed state of one’s face naturally settles into the shape of a sour frown, or what my father might call a pout. Those who have this characteristic, like my friend, wear it proudly.

In this article, I’m not making a value judgment on resting b!tc# face, but its very existence brings up an important point about creativity. I realized that the resting state of the human mind seems to be quite similar. Let’s call it Resting B!tc# Mind, or RBM for short.

RBM is closely related to the Inertia of No.

The resting state of the human mind, absent specific work to change this, is inherently negative. It is reactive, critical. It is the very embodiment of the Inertia of No and the antipode of creativity.

Perpetual critics cannot be creative.

RBM is something that we need to change about ourselves. If we carry on with it, we get stuck. We miss out on opportunities. We devolve into critics instead of makers and problem solvers.

Yes, RBM is a problem for humankind. It is the mental equivalent to staying on the couch and eating snacks all day long.

One of the reasons I believe gratitude is so important is that it has the immediate and singular ability to slice through the inertia of RBM. It shifts our thinking quickly and decisively. This is an example of the active versus the passive mind.

RBM is passive. It’s inertia.

Gratitude is active. It’s productive.

It takes work and practice to break out of RBM. Starting today, you can use deliberate gratitude to achieve this. You will become a more active thinker—a person with more opportunities that lead to a meaningful, happy life.

If you have to, set a reminder once, twice, three times a day. Remember to be thankful. You can do it silently. Or, you can take out your phone and send a thank-you text, or dial a number and make a surprise thank-you call, or take out a notecard and pen and send a gratitude note.

Gratitude and its extension—giving—is a sure way to save yourself from a life of RBM and it will launch you into productive, active thinking and unexpected opportunities.


Kathryn Haydon helps you maximize your creative strengths so you can do your best work. Through keynotes, workshops, and consulting, she trains individuals, leaders, and teams to find the unique spark that leads to deep engagement and productivity.

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